Donald Trump warns Russian Federation missiles 'will be coming' to Syria

A Syrian woman and her son are examined by a military doctor | Yannis Kolesidis  EPA-EFE

A Syrian woman and her son are examined by a military doctor | Yannis Kolesidis EPA-EFE

"What we don't want is bombardment which leads to escalation and leads to a hot war between Russian Federation and America over the skies of Syria".

"I would once again ask you, once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you are now developing for Syria", he said.

Trump did not detail what a strike would look like, or whether these would be US missiles.

Under a 2013 agreement for which Russian Federation was a guarantor, Syria was to have eliminated all its chemical weapons, but it has used chlorine and perhaps other chemicals since then. Opposition activists and rescuers say at least 40 people were killed.

Former Secretary of Defence Ash Carter, speaking in Senate testimony in late 2015, said at the time that the vast majority of Russia's strikes in Syria, some 85 to 90 per cent, "use dumb bombs, which obviously increases the possibility of civilian casualties". The WHO said 500 people who sought treatment Saturday showed signs and symptoms of coming in contact with toxic chemicals.

Last year, the USA carried out airstrikes against an airfield outside Homs after the Syrian regime was found to use chemical weapons.

The WHO said it had reports that as many as 70 people may have died.

The Prime Minister did not indicate whether Britain will be involved in the military campaign but insisted continued attacks "cannot go unchallenged" as she pledged to continue working with the UK's "closest allies" on how the dictatorship is held to account. Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny such an attack happened.

"Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation", tweeted Trump, who has been accused of being overly indulgent to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mattis did not answer a question about whether he was concerned about telegraphing US moves in Syria.

After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there, Jaish al-Islam, finally agreed to withdraw.

French President Emmanuel Macron said a decision on a possible strike would be made "in the coming days".

"This resolution is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council before the vote.

Russian Federation vetoed a US-drafted resolution to create a new inquiry to ascertain blame for such attacks.

The Syrian government said its invitation to the global chemical weapons watchdog to send a fact-finding mission to the country is "proof" that Damascus is innocent and has not used chemical weapons. The OPCW is based in The Hague.

The tough rhetoric of the United States and its allies follows April 7 reports from Syrian opposition media outlets, which claimed that Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons against civilians in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.

"Trump has to understand that we're going to be talking about the possibility of nuclear escalation if we have a collision of the USA and Russian militaries", Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military scholar and member of the Defense Ministry's public-advisory council, told the Washington Post.

The U.S. military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump wrote. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor. He later added: "You're telling the enemy everything you want to do".

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